COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012 – The Hyundai Elantra, winner of the 2012 North American Car of The Year, topped the list of “Best Car Under $20,000” by AOL Autos. Elantra’s unmatched fuel economy and innovative styling helped beat out its competitors Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze.

“Elantra comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. All told, the engine gives Elantra more power and better fuel efficiency than competitors like the Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla,” said the AOL Autos staff. “Elantra is the best total package and best sedan pound for pound, dollar for dollar under $20,000.”

The AOL Autos staff judged the “Best Car Under $20,000” based on quality, driving dynamics, aesthetics, value and track record for sedans legitimately priced under $20,000.

“In this competitive compact segment the Elantra continues to receive accolades and praise for its truly industry-leading capabilities, including bold styling, advanced technology and great fuel economy,” said Brandon Ramirez, senior manager, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “To be recognized by AOL Autos for ‘Best Car Under $20,000’ is a testament to our ongoing commitment to delivering exceptional quality vehicles at an affordable price.”

“AOL Autos is committed to providing consumers with best-in-class reviews to help them make informed purchasing decisions, and we are proud to name the Hyundai Elantra the ‘Best Car Under $20,000,’” said David Kiley, editor-in-chief, AOL Autos.

The 2012 Elantra excels in terms of design and fuel economy, but it also delivers excellent value with a combination of advanced safety features, exceptional interior room equal to that of a midsize sedan and an efficient 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. All of these features, plus Hyundai’s industry-leading warranty, amount to an outstanding vehicle that is also an exceptional value.

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